State Investigating Lake Delton Dye Job
A La Crosse company specializing in lake health is suddenly on the other end of a microscope. Aquatic Engineering and the village of Lake Delton is under investigation by the state department of Ag. Aquatic engineering is the company that dumped five hundred gallons of blue dye into Lake Delton last month in order to temporarily hide a distasteful water color apparently caused by an algae bloom. Neither the village or Aquatic Engineering got a permit for the dye job but the company says it didn't need one because the dye is not a pesticide or toxic in any way. The village paid about thirty thousand dollars to turn its lake blue for a few weeks.
What To Do With Dead Birds
One dead bird with West Nile Virus has been found in La Crosse County. But who actually goes and gets the bird for study?
Amy Gab-Ril-Ska with Animal Control says after they retrieve the birds found, they send them off for sampling. She advises if you find a dead bird, to cover it up with a trash can or plastic bin...and call animal control.
Construction Done At Viterbo
Several big construction projects await students on the campus of Viterbo this fall. The latest, the Clare Apartments. The student residence hall is apartment style according to Gene Mculty....118 beds.....parking....and other amenities. The price tag?
The school of nursing building has also been completed as is it's former residence.....the Brophy Center.
Here Comes New West Nile Virus Strain
So far we have heard the nation is on track to witness the worst outbreak of West Nile Virus ever. But La Crosse County Vecotor Control Agent, Dave Geske, says as people are aware of the old virus......here comes the new.
While it is unclear why this year has been harder hit than others, many think it is possibly because of the weather. It is possible that the mild winter and the hot summer also increase the number of mosquitoes, which spread the virus. Only one bird has been found in our county with the virus so far.
Mother And Daughter Still Jailed Separately In Tremplo Homicide Case
They're closer together now, but still not in the same jail.
A Lake Mills woman and her adult daughter remain jailed in separate counties, on charges of causing a Trempealeau man's drug death last year. Michelle Johnson was moved from Jefferson County, near Madison, to the Chippewa County jail, while daughter Tasha Kempfer has been transferred from La Crosse to Trempealeau County. Kempfer's original bond of 100-thousand dollars was cut in half to 50-thousand during a court hearing on Wednesday. Johnson's bond is also at 50-grand. The women allegedly gave Jeremiah Harris some heroin that they picked up in Madison, and he died of an overdose before returning to Trempealeau.